Hours after White House aide Hope Hicks reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, President Donald Trump advised the general public that each he and First Lady Melania Trump had additionally tested positive for the virus, as decided by a take a look at administered on Thursday.
“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19,” Trump stated on his Twitter account on early Friday morning. “We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately.” This was adopted by White House doctor Sean Conley saying he’d “received confirmation” of that information, adding that the couple “plan[s] to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence.” As of press time, no additional particulars have been disclosed about both the President or First Lady’s bodily situation.
Reports about Hicks’ contraction of the virus point out a timeline of her exhibiting mild symptoms on Wednesday whereas touring with Trump, adopted by a reportedly positive test result Wednesday night. Later on Thursday, after Trump had already traveled to a fundraiser at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ, he described Hicks’ test results. Hours later, he disclosed his personal take a look at end result.
Reports recommend Trump has been subjected to a rigorous COVID-19 testing routine all through 2020, and White House spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany claimed in July that the President is tested “multiple times a day” for the virus. Should Trump’s first positive end result have emerged particularly on Thursday, the timeline for his contraction lands roughly five to six days earlier, or September 25-26.
The information follows public scrutiny about Trump’s statements to journalist Bob Woodward in February of this year:
“It goes through air, Bob. That’s always tougher than the touch. You know, the touch, you don’t have to touch things. Right? But the air, you just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed. [The coronavirus is] more deadly than… even your strenuous flus.”
That stance on COVID-19’s deadliness and infectiousness differed wildly from public statements made by the President and members of his shut circle (together with son Donald Jr.) within the months that adopted, whether or not on television, at rallies, or on social media platforms.